US Senate Passes Anti-Robocall Bill while the FCC Prepares New Rules Vote Next Month

The United States Senate has passed an anti-robocall bill, with similar legislation in the House of Representatives to help stop the nuisance…

Yesterday, the US Senate passed the The Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence or TRACED Act, by a vote of 97 to 1.

US Senate Passes Anti-Robocall Bill while the FCC Prepares New Rules Vote Next Month

The Federal Communications Commission is also gearing up against the problem. That agency will vote on new rules against robocalls during its next open meeting this June 6th.

The senate bill was introduced by Sens. Senator John Thune (R-S.D.) and Ed Markey (D-Mass.). It gained support from both parties, attracting 83 co-sponsers by the time it can up for a final vote. (Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) was the sole member to vote against it. Additionally, Sens. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) did not vote.)

The TRACED Act provides authority to the FCC to require carriers to adopt STIR/SHAKEN call authentication. That system matches up known legitimate numbers from fakes. It essentially validates incoming phone numbers to ensure they originate from genuine sources.

The TRACED Act also creates rules to ban the practice of neighborhood spoofing and to fine violators up to $10,000.

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